Sunday, June 10, 2012

Earth, Wind & Fire Performing "Magic Mind" Live In Japan

This clip of Earth, Wind & Fire's explosive performance of "Magic Mind" gives a sampling of what a badass live band they were back in the day. The performance is from a 1979 concert in Japan. The Phenix Horns really tear it up and show why they are considered one of the tightest horn sections on the planet. The rest of the EWF are also killing it. And Maurice White wins the audience over with tons of charisma and showmanship. He's just an incredible front man and all-around great musician.

Earth, Wind & Fire still tour, but without Maurice. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the late '80s, which eventually led to him retiring from touring in 1994.  For me, it just doesn't feel like an authentic Earth, Wind & Fire show without him. It's sort of the equivalent of not having Mick Jagger on stage at a Rolling Stones concert. However, I don't fault the other members for continuing to tour. It's something they love to do, and they get paid for it.

I had the good fortune of catching EWF live a few times in the late '70s and early '80s, and let me you, their live shows were out of this world and would leave you with a natural buzz. They always gave 110 percent on stage, performing with impeccable musicianship while exuding infectious, positive energy. I don't think I've ever heard of an Earth, Wind & Fire show where any violence broke out or anyone was arrested. It was just the kind of vibe they gave off and the type of audience they attracted. Probably the worst thing you'd ever find at an EWF show is the occasional pungent smell of weed wafting through the air, and I don't really consider that a bad thing. Everyone was just really chill at EWF concerts, and you'd always head home feeling good, bobbin' your head with a big smile on your face.

"Magic Mind" is from Earth, Wind & Fire's amazing triple-platinum album All 'n All, which was released in November 1977. "Magic Mind" was the fourth and last single released from the collection. It's a kinetic funk workout that encourages listeners to make the best of their relatively short time on this planet by actively pursuing their goals and dreams, expanding their minds, and just living and loving to the fullest. The monster groove is enough to jump-start you in that direction.

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